University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute: Program Updates


By: Angel Castro and Sabrina Butler

Bridgeport Rescue Mission: “Feeding Families” Radio Campaign

On Thursday November 13th, several students from the Class of 2016 volunteered with the Bridgeport Rescue Mission phonathon in support of the “Feeding Families” radio campaign. This is the third consecutive year that the Bridgeport Rescue Mission has partnered with Cumulus Media stations WEBE 108 and WICC 600. Each month the Mission serves an average of 12,000 prepared meals and distributes 15,000 pantry bag meals throughout Fairfield County. This Thanksgiving alone, they will provide up to more than 20,000 meals. It was a very rewarding experience for UBPAI students to participate in such a wonderful event.

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Students taking phone calls for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission! From Left to Right: Catherine O’Sullivan, Erica Smith, Lorie Golias Burany, Autumn DeGroat, Sabrina Butler, Danielle Munday, Bryan Jennings


 Bridgeport City Hall Health Screening

Students from the UBPAI Class of 2016 participated in a health promotion and screening event at Bridgeport City Hall this past October. The event was organized as part of the continued effort from the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute to participate in community outreach. At the event students performed blood pressure screenings and raised health prevention awareness. There was mobile mammography at the event as well.

Participants also learned about various alternative medicines including Naturopathy, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic medicine programs at the University of Bridgeport. These services are available through the UB Clinic. There was also information on dental hygiene and the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Clinic.

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Students taking blood pressure at City Hall! From left to right: Hilary Krombel, Matthew Peterson, Kaitlyn VanAken


UCONN PA Profession Awareness

Several members from the UBPAI Class of 2016, accompanied by Professor Stephanie Kunkel, spoke to undergraduate Allied Health Sciences students at the UConn Storrs campus regarding the Physician Assistant Profession. With an increasing shortage of healthcare professionals it is important to promote the Physician Assistant career.

The presentation consisted of defining the role of the PA within the healthcare team, scope of practice, and job opportunities; it also emphasized different school requirements and pre-requisites, tips on getting into and surviving PA school!


Annual UB Health Fair

Students from the Class of 2016 participated in the UB Health Fair on October 23rd. Students offered blood pressure screenings, glucose levels, and information on self-breast exams to those who attended the event.

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Project Homeless Connect

Several students from the Class of 2016 volunteered with Project Homeless Connect in Bridgeport. Students at the event helped with blood pressure screenings, diabetic foot exams, BMI, and glucose levels. It was an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.

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UB students from left to right: Mike Dylag, Kevin Rooney, Alison Baillargeon, Brett Healy




PA Day in NYC 2014

Several students from the Class of 2016 also travelled to NYC for National PA Day this past October. Students went to Times Square for the Today Show. This was a great event to support Pas!


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Several students from the Class of 2016 in NYC during PA Week!

Back Row Left to Right: Kevin Rooney, John Buckley, Bryan Jennings, Amanda Bolbotowski, Brittany Hannon, Nicholas Klock, Hemal Patel, Victoria Clark.

Front Row Left to Right: Kaitlyn Hertford, Hilary Krombel, Emily Ryan, Jaclyn Salzillo, Rachel Katz, Chelsea Coffey, Kathryn Samuelson, Autumn DeGroat

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UBPAI students in NYC for PA Week! From left to right: Brett Healy, Matthew Hislop, Alison Baillargeon, Kayla Kennedy, Nichole Rensko